Joe Burrow in a Bengals uniform and helmet with a football in hand, ready to throw a pass.
Joe Burrow was the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.[1]

The Cincinnati Bengals are a professional American football team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) North division.[2] The team's home games have been held in downtown Cincinnati at Paycor Stadium since 2000.[3] Founded as an expansion team of the American Football League (AFL) in 1968, they joined they joined the NFL as a result of the 1970 AFL–NFL merger.[4][5][2]

The NFL Draft, officially known as the "NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting",[6][7][8] is an annual event which serves as the league's most common source of player recruitment.[9] The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings; the teams with the worst win–loss records receive the earliest picks. Teams that qualified for the NFL playoffs select after non-qualifiers, and their order depends on how far they advanced, using their regular season record as a tie-breaker. The final two selections in the first round are reserved for the Super Bowl runner-up and champion. Draft picks are tradable and players or other picks can be acquired with them.[10]

Since the team's first draft in 1968, the Bengals have selected 67 players in the first round. The team's first-round pick in their inaugural draft was Bob Johnson, a center from the University of Tennessee; he was the 2nd overall selection.[2][11] In the most recent draft, held in 2023, the Bengals chose Clemson defensive end Myles Murphy.[12] The Bengals have drafted number one overall four times and selected Dan Wilkinson in 1994, Ki-Jana Carter in 1995, Carson Palmer in 2003, and Joe Burrow in 2020.[12]

The Bengals have drafted at least one player in the first round every year except for 1989.[12] Only one of the team's first-round picks—Anthony Muñoz—have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[13]

Player selections

Carson Palmer in a Bengals jersey and helmet scrambling with a football in his hands.
Carson Palmer was the first overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.[14]
Key
Indicates the player was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
* Selected number one overall
Position abbreviations
C Center
DB Defensive back
DE Defensive end
DL Defensive line
DT Defensive tackle
G Guard
LB Linebacker
NT Nose tackle
QB Quarterback
RB Running back
T Tackle
TE Tight end
WR Wide receiver
Cincinnati Bengals first-round draft picks by season
Season Pick[12] Player[12] Pos.[12] College[12] Notes
1968 2 Bob Johnson C Tennessee Received two first-round selections as an expansion team.[A] Traded a pick to Miami Dolphins.[B]
1969 5 Greg Cook QB Cincinnati
1970 7 Mike Reid DT Penn State
1971 15 Vernon Holland T Tennessee State
1972 2 Sherman White DE California
1973 15 Isaac Curtis WR San Diego State
1974 23 Bill Kollar DE Montana State
1975 14 Glenn Cameron DE Florida
1976 11 Billy Brooks WR Oklahoma Pick received from Philadelphia Eagles[C]
24 Archie Griffin RB Ohio State
1977 3 Eddie Edwards DE Miami (FL) Pick received from Buffalo Bills[D]
8 Wilson Whitley DT Houston Pick received from Philadelphia Eagles[E]
22 Mike Cobb TE Michigan State
1978 8 Ross Browner DE Notre Dame Pick received from Philadelphia Eagles[E]
16 Blair Bush C Washington
1979 3 Jack Thompson QB Washington State
12 Charles Alexander RB Louisiana State Pick received from Washington Redskins[F]
1980 3 Anthony Muñoz T USC
1981 10 David Verser WR Kansas
1982 26 Glen Collins DE Mississippi State
1983 25 Dave Rimington C Nebraska
1984 7 Ricky Hunley LB Arizona
16 Pete Koch NT Maryland Pick received from New England Patriots using pick from Tampa Bay Buccaneers[G][H]
28 Brian Blados T North Carolina Pick received from New England Patriots using pick from Tampa Bay Buccaneers[G][H]
1985 13 Eddie Brown WR Miami (FL)
25 Emanuel King LB Alabama Pick received from Seattle Seahawks[I]
1986 11 Joe Kelly LB Washington
21 Tim McGee WR Tennessee Pick received from Denver Broncos[J]
1987 17 Jason Buck DL BYU
1988 5 Rickey Dixon DB Oklahoma
1989 No pick Moved down draft order in trade with Atlanta Falcons[K]
1990 12 James Francis LB Baylor
1991 18 Alfred Williams DE Colorado
1992 6 David Klingler QB Houston Moved down in trade with Washington Redskins[L]
28 Darryl Williams DB Miami (FL) Moved up draft order in trade with Washington Redskins[L]
1993 5 John Copeland DE Alabama
1994 1 Dan Wilkinson* DT Ohio State
1995 1 Ki-Jana Carter* RB Penn State Moved up draft order in trade with Carolina Panthers[M]
1996 10 Willie Anderson T Auburn
1997 14 Reinard Wilson LB Florida State
1998 13 Takeo Spikes LB Auburn Pick received from Washington Redskins[N]
17 Brian Simmons LB North Carolina
1999 3 Akili Smith QB Oregon
2000 4 Peter Warrick WR Florida State
2001 4 Justin Smith DE Missouri
2002 10 Levi Jones T Arizona
2003 1 Carson Palmer* QB USC
2004 26 Chris Perry RB Michigan Moved down draft order in trades with Denver Broncos[O] and St. Louis Rams[P]
2005 17 David Pollack LB Georgia
2006 24 Johnathan Joseph DB South Carolina
2007 18 Leon Hall DB Michigan
2008 9 Keith Rivers LB USC
2009 6 Andre Smith T Alabama
2010 21 Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma
2011 4 A. J. Green WR Georgia
2012 17 Dre Kirkpatrick DB Alabama Pick received from Oakland Raiders[Q]
27 Kevin Zeitler G Wisconsin Moved up draft order in trade with New England Patriots[R]
2013 21 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
2014 24 Darqueze Dennard DB Michigan State
2015 21 Cedric Ogbuehi T Texas A&M
2016 24 William Jackson III DB Houston
2017 9 John Ross WR Washington
2018 21 Billy Price C Ohio State Moved down draft order in trade with Buffalo Bills[S]
2019 11 Jonah Williams T Alabama
2020 1 Joe Burrow* QB LSU
2021 5 Ja'Marr Chase WR LSU
2022 31 Daxton Hill DB Michigan
2023 28 Myles Murphy DE Clemson

Notes

  1. ^ Cincinnati received the second and last selections in the first-round due to their status as an incoming expansion team (Nos. 2 and 26 overall).[15]
  2. ^ Cincinnati traded a 1968 first-round selection (No. 27 overall) to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for quarterback John Stofa.[15]
  3. ^ Cincinnati traded quarterback Mike Boryla to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for their 1975 sixth-round selection (No. 143 overall), their 1976 first-round selection (No. 11 overall), and cash.[15]
  4. ^ Cincinnati traded defensive end Sherman White to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for their 1977 first-round selection (No. 3 overall).[16]
  5. ^ a b Cincinnati traded linebacker Bill Bergey to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for their 1977 first-round selection (No. 8 oveall) and 1978 first- and second-round selections (Nos. 8 and 35 overall).[15]
  6. ^ Cincinnati traded defensive back Lemar Parrish and defensive end Coy Bacon to the Washington Redskins in exchange for their 1979 first-round selection (No. 12 overall).[17]
  7. ^ a b c Cincinnati traded quarterback Jack Thompson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for their 1984 first-round selection (No. 1 overall).[18]
  8. ^ a b Cincinnati traded a 1984 first-round selection (No. 1 overall, received from Tampa Bay Buccaneers)[G] to the New England Patriots in exchange for two 1984 first-round selections, a tenth-round selection (Nos. 16, 28, and 265 overall), and a 1985 fifth-round selection (No. 129 overall).[15]
  9. ^ Cincinnati traded center Blair Bush to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for their 1985 first-round selection (No. 25 overall).[19]
  10. ^ Cincinnati traded the rights to linebacker Ricky Hunley to the Denver Broncos in exchange for their 1986 first- and third-round selection (Nos. 21 and 78 overall) and 1987 fifth-round selection (No. 139 overall).[15]
  11. ^ Cincinnati traded their 1989 second-, fourth-, and tenth-round selections (Nos. 35, 89, and 256) to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for their 1989 first-round selection (No. 27 overall).[15]
  12. ^ a b Cincinnati traded their 1992 first- and third-round selections (Nos. 4 and 58 overall) to the Washington Redskins in exchange for their 1992 third- and two first-round selections (Nos. 6, 28, and 84 overall).[15]
  13. ^ Cincinnati traded their 1995 first- and second-round selections (Nos. 5 and 36 overall) to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for their 1995 first-round selection (No. 1 overall).[20]
  14. ^ Cincinnati traded quarterback Dan Wilkinson to the Washington Redskins in exchange for their 1998 first- and third-round selections (Nos. 17 and 78 overall).[21]
  15. ^ a b Cincinnati traded their 2004 first-round selection (No. 17 overall) to the Denver Broncos in exchange for their 2004 first- and fourth-round selections (Nos. 24 and 117 overall).[22]
  16. ^ Cincinnati traded a 2004 first-round selection (No. 24 overall, received from the Denver Broncos)[O] to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for their 2004 first- and fourth-round selections (Nos. 26 and 123 overall).[22]
  17. ^ Cincinnati traded quarterback Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for their 2012 first-round selection (No. 17 overall) and 2013 second-round selection (No. 37 overall).[23]
  18. ^ Cincinnati traded their 2012 first-round selection (No. 21 overall) to the New England Patriots in exchange for their 2011 first-round selection (No. 27 overall) and 2012 third-round selection (No. 93 overall).[23]
  19. ^ Cincinnati traded their 2018 first- and sixth-round selections (No. 12 and 187 overall) to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for their 2018 first- and fifth-round selections (Nos. 21 and 158 overall).[24]

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